Every year, a week or two before Christmas, Grandma Royce would come over to help us make cookies. We’d make several batches, including the cinnamon cookies that she made when she was little. Once everything was done, we’d package up cookie assortments for our friends and family.
Grandma’s cinnamon cookie recipe was pretty basic–flour, butter, sugar, eggs, cinnamon. Nothing weird or wacky there! If you look at the ingredients we bake with today, though, you’ll see high fructose corn syrup, additives, or worse.
Here’s a collection of homemade baking ingredients from top healthy living bloggers. We invite you to use these natural alternatives in your holiday baking, and keep the chemicals out of your cookies. Enjoy!
Homemade Organic Brown Sugar from Real Food Girl: Unmodified
Aluminum and Corn-Free Baking Powder from Whole New Mom
Vanilla extract from yours truly
Healthy Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk from Kitchen Stewardship
Homemade Cream Cheese from Divine Health From the Inside Out
Homemade Nutella (gluten and dairy free) from So Let’s Hang out
Homemade chocolate or carob chips from Whole New Mom
White Chocolate Chips from Whole New Mom
Homemade Marshmallows for the Clean Eater from Life Made Full
Real Deal Marshmallows from An Organic Wife
Coconut Sugar Salted Caramel from Real Food Outlaws
Kitchen substitutions from Common Sense Homesteading